Formed in 1999 through the merger of the former Singers' Guild of Scranton, Wyoming
Valley Oratorio Society, and Wyoming Valley Children's Chorus, the Choral Society of
Northeast Pennsylvania has quickly established itself as a regional force for choral
performance and arts education. In 2001 the Society also formally recognized the
many contributions being made by members of the former Hazleton Oratorio Society.
Guided by the twin mottos, "Artistry through Opportunity" and "Excellence through Education",
the Society seeks to provide quality performances and choral music education to both singers
and listeners of Northeast Pennsylvania; and to promote the choral arts as a vital element
of contemporary society across the region. Specifically, the Society endeavors to provide
its constituents with:
Eight unique choral ensembles are sponsored for singers age 5-adult and meet on a
weekly basis from September through May. Membership is open by audition to all interested
parties with modest tuition. Collectively, our choirs bring to the regional public 15-20-quality
choral concerts per year, as well as regional television and radio broadcasts, recordings,
and performance tours. Both children's and adult ensembles collaborate annually with the NE PA
Philharmonic Orchestra, and the society regularly commissions new works from regionally-
and nationally-recognized composers.
- Quality instruction and experiences in ensemble singing
- Aesthetic sensitivity to beauty in both music and literature
- Musical Literacy
- Understanding and appreciation of diverse music and its cultural and social bases
- Understanding and appreciation of music as a teacher of cultural and social history
- Understanding and appreciation of choral music as a social art form requiring the contributions and cooperation of diverse peoples
The Society employs a professional staff of conductors, accompanists, and instructors
who follow an established curriculum in teaching musical literacy to all children's and
youth members, and regularly sponsors participants to regional and national honor choruses.
It also maintains an annual competition to recognize outstanding singers age 7-high school, a
nd all of its ensembles participate in the Society's "Bridges Project," an ongoing series
of programs linking choral performance with contemporary educational and community issues.